UK to see unseasonable highs of 15C as average temperatures double

Britain is expected to enjoy unseasonably high temperatures in the run up to the New Year – double the average for this time of year.

The normal December high is 7C but temperatures in the North of the UK are predicted to soar to the mid teens over the next few days.

At its highest, parts of the country will experience up to 15C despite it just being days after Christmas.

But it its a tale of two halves as the South still faces nearly 100 flood alerts and warning following spells of heavy rain.

Rain is expected to push into western and northern parts of Scotland today, while the rest of the country is expected to stay dry with some sunny spells.


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On Monday, the temperature are expected to stay in the teens, but some rain is expected across Scotland and Nortern Ireland, while England and Wales is thought to stay mainly dry and bright.

But on New Year's Eve, the temperature for many is tipped to drop to single figures.

Speaking about tomorrow's weather , Ben Rich, of the Met Office , said: "Starting off Sunday on a pretty cloudy note for most, some spots of drizzle over hills in the west.

"But as we go through the day from East Anglia, south east, parts of north Wales, Northern England, Northern Ireland, southern and eastern Scotland, we should at least see some spells of sunshine.

"North west Scotland will keep this band of cloud and some outbreaks of rain.

"For southern areas we're looking at highs of 9C or 10C, for northern areas we're looking at highs of 12C or 13C and when you get some shelter from this south or south westerly wind, the north coast of Northern Ireland, the Moray Coast of Scotland could see temperatures of up to 14C or 15C."

Mr Rich added he  believes the cause of the higher than normal temperature is due to dry air being pumped into the country from Europe.

Despite the relative warmth The Environment Agency still has 30 flood warnings in place, and a further 66 flood alerts.

Flooding could affect Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Sussex, the government’s flood information service suggests.

The Met Office's five day forecast

Today:

Outbreaks of rain affecting northwest Scotland at times. Elsewhere, largely dry with cloud breaking to allow sunny spells in some places. Windy in the north and west but mild, perhaps very mild to the northeast of hills.

Tonight:

A band of rain moving slowly southeastwards across Scotland. Most other parts dry with variable cloud and clear spells. Some patchy fog forming across southern parts with frost in places.

Fog and low cloud slow to clear across southern parts, though many areas seeing sunshine by afternoon. Rain across Scotland moving south into Northern Ireland, followed by brighter, colder weather.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Rain affecting the far southwest on Tuesday, else most parts dry and bright through midweek with some frost in the north. Wet and windy weather arriving from the west Thursday.

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